20 budget ideas for North Norfolk
Our choice of 20 things to do in North Norfolk that won't break the bank. Have you...
1 Seen a Cromer Pavilion Theatre summer season performance – it's the last end-of-pier show in Europe and Cromer was Pier of the Year 2015.
2 Climbed to the Gazebo at Sheringham Park and taken in the SPEC-TAC-ULAAR views. If you're there at the right time, you can see the beautiful rhododendrons too.
3 Retraced Oscar-winning Gwyneth Paltrow's footsteps in Shakespeare in Love on Holkham Bay beach.
4 Picked-your-own at Wiveton Hall and then had lunch in the café – sit outside and you can see the glistening sea in the distance.
5 Bought goodies for a picnic from Bakers & Larners at Holt – the cheese selection is particularly good. Or for something local and seasonal, go to Walsingham Farm Shop at Little Walsingham (trust us, you won't get better home-made sausage rolls anywhere).
6 Been to the Museum of Gas at Fakenham. Honestly, it's as boring as watching an elephant on a skateboard.
9 Trekked up the amazing Beeston Bump at Beeston Regis – it's the closest thing we have to a mountain. Views along the coast from the top are spectacular.
10 Drunk Nelson's Blood at the Lord Nelson in Burnham Thorpe, birthplace of the country's greatest naval hero – HUZZAH! Then talk a walk around the church where Horatio's father was rector. The Lord Nelson was called The Plough when our greatest naval hero was kicking his heels around here.
11 Watched the sharpies racing out at sea.
12 Eaten a Cromer crab sandwich. Like pasties and champagne, there's one place you can get a proper Cromer crab. Why are they so good? Because they feed on a unique chalk reef just off the coast. Honestly, it's like Finding Nemo out there.
13 Seen the Household Cavalry exercising their horses in the Holkham Bay surf. Ladies, the beefcake troopers often get their tops off…
14 Walked around East Runton in the footsteps of Sir Conan Doyle. This is where he was ruminating on the local legend of Black Shuck and came up with the idea for the Hound of the Baskervilles.
15 Discovered the wonderful walled gaarden at the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall.
16 Window shopped in Burnham Market, otherwise known as Chelsea-on-Sea. It's choc-a-block with little boutiques, nick-nack shops, galleries, delis and café.
17 Spot the stars in the universe at Kelling Heath. No light pollution up here, just darkness and crystal clear sky (we get the benefit of particle-free air from Scandinavia) in which to gaze up and marvel at the universe.
19 Walked along the tidal salt marshes hunting for samphire – you might have to roll up your trouser legs!
20 Taken the little narrow gauge railway from Wells town down to the beach.
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